The garden is charming. Its management might be described as neglected, but this hides the artifice of its clever naturalistic management. Overlooking Funchal, the garden is crammed with beautiful temperate plants. Were it not for the lovely lady relaxed in her wicker-chair at a table on the lawn working on her computer, we could have believed we had been transported back a hundred years. It is the family’s own garden and although open to the public is in no way commercial. Our friend Cathi at home would die for the cakes!
Differential mowing provides a ground cover of grass under the plants
The monarch butterfly is a migratory species. It enjoys Madeira so much that its stays here all year round
Passion flowers thrive
This agave makes a fine garden ornament. It is as dead as a dodo…..
...its very hard wood makes a beautiful ‘boat’ for native flowers displayed at our hotel
Poinsettia makes a permanent long flowering shrub
Cassia didymobotrya The popcorn plant. Brush you hand through the leaves and it smells of popcorn.